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No. 2 ISU Sticks No. 12 Wisconsin, 27-7

MADISON, Wisc. – Second-rated Iowa State fought off No. 12 Wisconsin early in the Kohl Center Friday,  cruising to a 27-7 victory over the Badgers fueled by bonus-point victories by Jon Reader (165) and Nick Fanthorpe (133).  ISU notched its 12th straight victory over Wisconsin with the offensive showcase, outnumbering the Badgers in takedowns 16-7. 

“Wisconsin is a good team and a great program,” ISU head coach Cael Sanderson said.  “Matches like these show us where we are.  We will use this as preparation.  We got a pretty good indication tonight.  The team got a lot of positivies out of tonight to build on.  And we will.”

Iowa State came out firing after intermission, winning the final five matches of the dual.  A matchup featuring two top-five heavyweights took place between David Zabriskie and Wisconsin’s Kyle Massey. In the first period, Zabriskie was hit with a fleeing-the-mat call to put him down 0-1.  After trading takedowns in regulation and getting an escape, Zabriskie finished the match by completing a single-leg takedown with 0:01 second left in the sudden victory period.

Wisconsin split the first four matches with the Cyclones to tie the dual 7-7.  Returning NCAA qualifier Tyler Clark decisioned Badger junior Drew Hammen, 7-1.  Clark used a reversal with 0:17 left in the second period to help build his lead.  Fanthorpe, ranked fifth at 133 pounds, continued his habit of racking up takedowns on his way to major decision of the Badger’s Tom Kelliher.  Fanthorpe recorded five takedowns over the three periods to win 15-7.

Before the intermission, Cyler Sanderson was able to break the tie by edging Wisconsin’s Ben Jordan 6-1.  Sanderson tallied a pair of takedowns in the victory at 157 pounds.  Redshirt freshman Jerome Ward was able to grind out a 4-2 victory over the Badger 184-pounder, Eric Bugenhagen.

Reader secured another technical fall for the season in his match with Gabe Stoppelmoor of Wisconsin.  Reader was able to secure three three-point nearfalls and two two-point nearfalls on his way to stopping the action in 4:50 (16-1).

Jake Varner, the No. 2 ranked 197-pounder in the country, did not disappoint in his matchup against the fifth-ranked 197-pounder from Wisconsin, Dallas Herbst.  Varner finished a double-leg takedown in the first period to help him cruise to a 4-0 win by decision.

Making his debut as a Cyclone, junior Duke Burk was able to come away with an 8-4 decision over Travis Rutt of Wisconsin.  Burk scored a takedown with 0:17 left in the third period to break a 4-4 tie and added a two-point nearfall to finish out the victory.

The Cyclones return to action at home Sunday against Arizona State at 7 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum.  The ISU squad will then hit the road Dec. 6 for a intra-state matchup against Iowa at 7 p.m.

125 pounds – Tyler Clark (ISU) dec. Drew Hammen (W), 7-1
133 pounds – Nick Fanthorpe (ISU)  major dec. Tom Kelliher, 15-7
141 pounds – Zach Tanelli (W) dec. Nick Gallick (ISU), 7-4 (OT/TB1)
149 pounds – Kyle Ruschell (W) major dec. Dalton Jensen (ISU), 11-3
157 pounds – Cyler Sanderson (ISU)  dec. Ben Jordan (W), 6-1
165 pounds – Jon Reader (ISU) tech. fall Gabe Stoppelmoor (W), 16-1 (4:50)
174 pounds – Duke Burk (ISU) dec. Travis Rutt (W), 8-4
184 pounds – Jerome Ward (ISU) dec. Eric Bugenhagen (W), 4-2
197 pounds – Jake Varner (ISU)  dec. Dallas Herbst (W), 4-0
HWT – David Zabriskie (ISU)  dec. Kyle Massey (W), 5-4 (SV)

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